CHICAGO: Call for Expressions of Interest in and Nominations for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Chicago Office Coordinator

CPT has a full time opening for someone to provide office coordination and administrative support for the work that takes place in the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) Chicago office starting by September 2008. Responsibilities, necessary qualities, experiences and skills are listed in the following job description following. Compensation is a subsistence stipend based on need.

FORT FRANCES, ON/CHICAGO REFLECTION: The chickens have come home to roost

For twenty-five years, I lived in Chicago. Much of that time was in the African American community. For the last several years, I lived on the South Side about twenty blocks from Trinity United Church of Christ whose former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been under fire for his sermon after 9/11. I experienced its welcoming style and was tempted to attend Trinity regularly because so much about its community fed my thirst for integrity of life, engaged social action, faith and hope that I wanted to bring to the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams. I never left the preaching of Jeremiah Wright without feeling energized for the week ahead.

On the morning of 9/11, my mind shuttled between the horror and tragedy of the moment and my understanding of the newly minted old world order that had brought the tragedy to us. On that day, the words uttered by Jeremiah Wright and frequently used in the English language going back to Chaucer’s “Parson’s Tales” (1390) also flashed in my mind: “the chickens have come home to roost.”

CHICAGO: Five CPTers arrested in M.L. King Day witness against Iraq war

On Tuesday, 15 January 2008, members and supporters of CPT marked Martin Luther King’s birthday by holding a vigil at the Chicago office of Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel calling for an end to the Iraq war.

…Under the banner, "War is Terrorism with a Bigger Budget," participants distributed leaflets documenting the costs of the war to Chicago taxpayers – $48.8 billion in 2007 alone-- and showing how the money could have been spent on medical care, education, housing, and infrastructure in the Chicago area.

CHICAGO: Mary, Joseph, and Jesus take stand against violent toys

On New Year's Day, 2008, "Mary" and "Joseph" led twenty members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in a public witness highlighting the damaging effects of violent toys and video games sold at Toys "R" Us.